Dec 20, 2013

ARC Essentials with Random House

ARC Essentials is a new feature here on the blog where I have interviewed several publishers about the process for requesting review copies and then what to do once your review is written and posted. Each publisher has their own way of handling things, so what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another.

Today we have:

1. What should I include when asking for a review copy (Page view stats? Follower count? All social media accounts)?
UVM stats are VERY helpful, as well as social media accounts. It’s also nice if you note one or two that you’ve heard something about or why you’re requesting them, instead of a just a big list.

2. How long should I be blogging before I ask for a review copy?
Depends! We certainly wouldn’t turn down a new blog that has an impressive following.

3. Who should I contact about receiving review copies?
Feel free to contact individual publicists if you know they are working on the title, but if you’re not sure, we check our inbox daily, and those emails get forwarded to the appropriate person.

4. Should I email an author about obtaining a review copy and have them forward my request onto their publicist?
If you have a relationship with the author already (via Twitter, etc), this is fine to do. In most cases, it’s just easier to go straight to the publicist, though!

5. Do you expect me to review books I never requested, such as an ARC or finished copy I was sent but never asked for?
We never feel like we are OWED a review. If you receive ARCs that you didn’t ask for, it’s probably because we think you’ll really love it!

6. Where can I send in review links?
Usually, best to send them to the publicist working on the title. Again, if you’re not sure, the general inbox is best!

7. Do you want to see all reviews I’ve done—positive and negative?
I appreciate seeing them all, with a heads up that maybe you didn’t love the book. It’s good for us to see that you still took the time to read and review.

8. Am I more likely to get approved if I request an eARC of a book instead of a physical copy?
Definitely. It’s just a numbers game—we only print a limited quantity of galleys, but e-galleys are infinite.

9. When is the best time to request a book or be asked to be put on a list to receive a review copy?
I would say 3-4 months before publication.

10. Do you have a catalog mailing list for bloggers that I can request to be a part of?
We actually don’t make a printed catalog anymore! All info can be found on Edelweiss.

11. If I want to interview an author or ask them to write a guest post for my blog, is it best to contact the author directly?
See question #4!

12. Anything else you would like to add that you think bloggers should/need to know?

We appreciate the work you do! Bloggers are such a crucial part of building buzz for our books and introducing/recommending them to new readers. Thanks for writing!

Random House is giving away a fabulous prize pack of ARCs and finished copies this week! Fill out the rafflecopter to enter!

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GATED by Amy Christine Parker
DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT by Sarah Mlynowski
LOVE ME by Rachel Shukert
TOXIC HEART by Theo Lawrence
THE TRAGEDY PAPER (paperback) by Elizabeth LaBan
WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

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  1. I have so many favorites! Maura the Whimsical Mama is my bestie so I'm at hers all the time. I also like Peace Love & Fangirl, Beneath the Moon & Stars, Teen Librarian Toolbox, who are fellow Dallas bloggers. Crystal in Bookland, Pandora's Books, My Heart Hearts Books... I can seriously keep going on and on!

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog

  2. Fallon Vaughn
    This is one of my favorite blogs. Mary Had A Little Book Blog, Collections, Nicole Sobon, A Dream Within A Dream and Adventures Of A Book Junkie to name a few.

  3. Dude. Of COURSE my blog is the best! *snort* There are a zillion awesome blogs out there (and I think you already hang out with them!) I'm not so sure about "infinite" ebooks, as I've been denied some due to quotas being met (or maybe they just don't like me. *sniffles*).

  4. What a great feature! As for my favorite blog... I don't have just one. My favorites are the ones that by bloggers I've met- then it's like catching up with a friend at Barnes and Noble and discussing what books we're reading at the moment.

  5. There are so many great blogs out there! I love Bewitched Bookworms, Reading Teen, Reading Lark. Just to name a few:)

    This is an awesome feature BTW! Thanks so much for doing it!


  6. I enjoy my own bog (yadultreview) and then my friends blogs who read COMPLETELY different books from me.

  7. There are so many awesome blogs that I love to visit, but Bibliopunkk, The White Unicorn, yAdult Review, and yours (of course!) are my top reviewer picks, and then Author Gail Carriger and Between Fact and Fiction (Natalie Whipple) for author blogs. I do think my blog is pretty awesome as well, and would certainly love for you to take a peek: :)

    Thank you so much for these interviews, and the epic giveaways!

  8. Eater of Books and Effortlessly Reading

  9. There are so many great blogs out there! Some of my favorites are Jamie @ The Perpetual Pageturner, Betty @ Book Rock Betty, Cassie @ Books with Cass, Lauren @ Lose Time Reading, Brittany @ Book Addict's Guide, Pam @ [YA]Escapes Reality.

    I seriously love these posts. They are so helpful! And of course, the giveaways are pretty amazing too! ;)

  10. Well I love your blog! Lol but if you want to stop by my (newbie) blog, I would be more than grateful for it! Thank you for these awesome giveaways and helpful tips!

  11. It's good to know how a book is market. Thanks for the information and the roles of the bloggers and reviewers.

  12. You mean besides yours? ;) I enjoy Fic Fare & Swoony Boys. I have so many go to blogs. Thank you for this giveaway. You are awesome.

  13. These interviews with publishers are really helpful. Thanks for doing them!

    Obviously I like to think that my own blog is the most fun to visit, but I really like stopping by The Novel Hermit, Reader of Fictions, and A Bookish Heart. There are so many blogs I love to visit, but those are just the first ones I thought of.

  14. I love to visit The Perpetual Page Turner's blog and Book Rock Betty's as well! They're both really creative and super funny!

    Nikki H @ Take Me Away...

  15. That's so hard to decide! I really like Katie's Book Blog, Lili's Reflections, Blue Sky Bookshelf, and Maji Bookshelf :)

  16. I really enjoying going to Meredith's blog Pandoras books and Carrie's blog Gilded Lady. :)

    Denise @ Dandelionn Wine Book Blog

  17. my fave blog to visit is, but also my own

  18. I love to visit Perpetual Page Turner for the creative ideas, even though reading it makes me realize exactly hoe uncreative I am. And I love the thoughtfulness of the reviews at My Friends Are Fiction.

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  19. I have a ton of blogs that I love! Off the top of my head Katies Book Blog, Nawanda Files, Kat Kennedy on Goodreads, YA-Sisterhood, and YA-aHolic but there are so many more!

  20. I love visiting Nose Graze, Rather Be Reading, There Were Books Involved, and Novel Sounds. There are so many but those are some of the main ones I visit on a daily basis. :D

    Merry holidays!

  21. I love visiting Xpresso Reads and Mostly YA Book Obsessed! I especially love Mostly YA's book looks!
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  22. Icey Books, Mostly YA Book Obsessed, Xpresso Reads, and Nose Graze are some of my favorites.

  23. ARC Essentials is really interesting. Are you planning on doing one on Harper Collins or Simon & Schuster soon?
    Also, do you know of any ARC providers similar to Netgalley that allow people under age 18 to request books?

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